Pleasure Levers

Our pleasure levers are 19 years overdue!

From Selected Readings in Genetic Engineering and Bioethics (1974):

Unlikely as it may seem, there are researchers who claim to have discovered something better than sex. At McGill University in Canada, Psychologist James Olds used electrodes to locate specific “pleasure centers” in the brains of rats, and then allowed the animals, electrodes still in place, to stimulate themselves by pressing a lever. Given a choice, the rats preferred this new pleasure to food, water and sex. Some pressed the lever as many as 8,000 times an hour for more than a day, stopping only when they fainted from fatigue.

Such experiments lead Herman Kahn of the Hudson Institute to predict that by the year 2000, people will be able to wear chest consoles with ten levers wired to the brain’s pleasure centers. Fantasies Kahn: “Any two consenting adults might play their consoles together. Just imagine all the possible combinations: ‘Have you ever tried ten and five together?” couples would ask. Or, ‘How about one and one”’ But I don’t think you should play your own console; that would be depraved.”

Los Angeles Times - Jan 29, 1970

The Hackensack Record - Jan 30, 1970

San Francisco Examiner - Feb 8, 1970

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 12, 2019
     Category: 1970s | Yesterday’s Tomorrows

What you need to do is wire someone up without their knowing it, and then carry a remote to activate the circuit. The more attention they pay to you, the more current goes in, and the more pleasure they experience. If they start to argue, reverse the polarity!
Posted by Phideaux on 03/12/19 at 07:27 AM
They can keep the flying cars and personal jet packs if they'll just give us this one.
Posted by Virtual on 03/12/19 at 07:27 AM
@Phideaux: The thing to do is fire it off while they’re in the middle of an important business meeting or in church...
Posted by Brian on 03/13/19 at 09:48 PM
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